Book Voucher

A book voucher is an advance on your financial aid refund that allows you to purchase or rent books and purchase supplies at the WSU Bookstore. The amount of the book voucher will be deducted from your financial aid refund.

Qualify & opt-in Fall 2015 semester
Last day to qualify Wednesday, August 19

Opt-in and authorize your Book Voucher

This is also the last day to opt-out

Thursday, July 30 – Sunday, August 23

Aid is scheduled to be applied beginning Thursday, August 27. Refunds of excess aid should not be expected until the 1st or 2nd week of classes.

Book voucher shopping Fall 2015 semester
Shop online Sunday, August 23 - Friday, September 4
 
Shop in the bookstore Tuesday, August 25 - Wednesday, September 9

Qualifications

In order to qualify you must:

  • Register at least half time for the semester in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
  • File a 2015-16 FAFSA. 
  • Satisfy all financial aid requirements.
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Accept financial aid with an expected credit balance of $100 or more for the semester. 
  • Students who have a balance from a previous term will not be eligible to participate.

FAQs

 How do I apply for a book voucher?
If you meet the qualifications to obtain a book voucher, an email will be sent to your WSU account alerting you. The email will include instructions to complete the book voucher authorization process. Complete all financial aid requirements early so that your aid is ready for disbursement. The book voucher program can help you buy your books early and be ready for classes.
 
 How much do I receive?

The amount depends on the expected amount of financial aid funding remaining after your charges are paid. Financial aid may include scholarships, the Federal Pell Grant, other federal grants, and federal student loans.Charges which must be paid include tuition, fees, and room and board (if applicable).

If you qualify for the book voucher program, you will receive an eligibility amount once you have completed the authorization process.

  • The minimum amount is $100. 
  • The maximum amount is $500.
 Do I need to show the voucher at the bookstore?
No. The staff can view your book voucher information online. However, you must show your WSU OneCard.
 Do I have to spend it all at once?
No. You can make several purchases at the bookstore up until the expiration date or until you have spent the full voucher amount — whichever comes first.
 What if I don’t spend the full amount of my voucher?

You will only be charged for the amount that you spend at the WSU Bookstore. If you do not use the full amount of the voucher, your account will be adjusted to reflect your actual purchases.

  • If you do not owe a student account balance, you will be issued a financial aid refund for the remaining amount. Refund processing can take up to two weeks after the last shopping day.
 What happens if my book voucher expires?

Book vouchers are offered each semester to students who meet the eligibility criteria for that semester. Each voucher is specific to the semester it was offered. 

  • If you decide not the use the voucher, you will receive the funds in the form of a financial aid refund, which you may use to purchase your books/supplies.
  • Refund processing can take up to two weeks after the last shopping day.
 Can I rent textbooks with my bookstore voucher?

Yes. You can pay textbook rental fees with your bookstore voucher.

  • A credit card must be presented to guarantee the return of the book by the last day of finals.
  • You can rent textbooks in the store or online at wayne.bncollege.com.
 What can I purchase with my book voucher?
Required and recommended textbooks, including digital textbooks (eTextbook), along with course supplies like calculators, lab coats, pens, pencils and paper. You can also purchase technology items like tablets, laptops and other devices. Vouchers can also be used to purchase reference books such as language translation dictionaries, text exam books and study aids.
 Can I use my bookstore voucher on the website?

Yes. When you complete your order, please select the payment option for "Student Financial Aid.” Enter your Student ID Number for the store to complete your order.

  • If your order total is greater than your bookstore voucher award amount, please choose a second form of payment from the options on the site.
  • The "Student Financial Aid" payment option is only visible during the book voucher period.

As soon as you receive the email confirming your voucher balance you may order your books. See the chart at the top of this page for the last day to shop online.

 Why can't I complete the authorization form?

You must meet the eligibility criteria and receive an email indicating that you qualify for the program. After your aid disburses to your student account balance, you are no longer eligible to opt-in and complete the authorization form.

  • If you’ve made any changes to your registration or university housing charges and your student account balance exceeds the amount of pending financial aid, you no longer qualify to participate in the book voucher program.
  • Check your student account summary and your financial aid awards in Academica to review your account balance.
  • Changes to your financial aid that result in funds being reduced or removed may affect your eligibility.
 Why was my book voucher amount reduced or canceled?

If you’ve made any changes to your registration or university housing charges, and if your student account balance exceeds the amount of pending financial aid, you no longer qualify to participate in the book voucher program.

  • Check your student account summary and your financial aid awards in Academica to review your student account balance.
  • Changes to your financial aid that result in funds being reduced or removed may affect your eligibility.

Book voucher purchases made before changes in your award package or fee assessment may result in a balance on your student account.